Monday, November 27, 2017

Music Appreciation Syllabus

Wheeler High School
Fine Arts Department
Fall 2017

Course: Music Appreciation 4th                              Instructors:  John Perry


I.    Course Description        

            This music appreciation class will expose the student to the use and value of music in people’s lives. It will explore the major areas of Western music culture, as well as relevant political events, composers/artists, and the interrelationships of the art form in each period. It will also touch upon the basic principles and sounds of the music within the genre as it pertains to its continued development.

II.   Course Objective

            By the end of the course, the student should be able to respond emotionally and intelligently to a wide range of music representative of many styles and cultures. The student will be able to acquire an overview of their own musical heritage and why music is an essential ingredient of all human cultures.

III.  Course Requirements

1.      Attendance at ONE live concert. Due date-Friday, Dec 15th. Bring program for evidence.


IV.  Grading Standards

            Homework/Class work                       30%

            Exams                                                 25%

            Quiz                                                    20%

            Concert Attendance                            15%

            Final Exam                                          10%

            TOTAL                                  100%

V.    Homework/Quiz/Exam Policy

            Work to be made up after an excused absence is the student’s responsibility. Work, quizzes or exams cannot be made up after one (1) week beyond the student’s return to class.

VI.             Cheating                                                                                                                           Any student who is caught cheating will be given an “F” grade on that particular assignment. Cheating will include, but not to be limited to the following: copying another student’s test answer, homework or essays, giving students answers to test or homework questions and plagiarism. On the second instance, the student may lose the class.

VII.   Classroom Rules                                                                                                                            No eating food or drinking(water is acceptable) in class.

                        Students must respect others at all times.                                                                            Students must be in their seats when the tardy bell rings.                                     Students must come prepared for class with all necessary materials.


VII.          Expectations and Discipline                                                                                                       I adhere strictly to the district and school policies concerning classroom behavior and consequences for infraction of rules, Refer to district guidelines for information(parent conferences, after-school detention, etc.).

Mr. Perry is available for after school tutoring by appointment. I can be reached at 770-578-3266 ext. 053 or at

Friday, November 17, 2017

Chorus Blog

Just a reminder about the upcoming Holiday Music Showcase on Saturday December 2 at the Wheeler Performing Arts Center. There will be two separate concerts. Chorale will perform on the 2:00pm concert and Bel Voce will perform at the 4:30pm concert. Remember that this is our only ticketed event of the year. Please pre-purchase tickets to avoid the lines. You may pay online (at with a credit card or return the form and pay with cash or check (check made out to Wheeler Chorus Booster Club). Forms have been distributed to all students but I have extra as needed. Call times are as follows: 1:00pm for Chorale, 3:30pm for Bel Voce. All students will meet in chorus room. See you on December 2!

Music Appreciation- Beatles week! Packet on Beatles will be distributed and worksheets will be completed.  

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Chorus and Music Appreciation Blog

Congratulations to the entire chorus department! Our fall concert was quite a success. In my 10 years of teaching it was one of the most polished fall concerts I have ever had the privilege of conducting. Bel Voce and Chorale members sang with great precision and musicality. 
We are now starting our Holiday music for our Wheeler Music Holiday Showcase. Go ahead and plan to purchase tickets to this event on December 2. We have two concerts that day. The Prelude concert features our Chorale choir as well as the Sinfonettia Orchestra and Symphonic band and begins at 2:00. The Finale concert begins at 4:30 and features the Bel Voce choir, Chamber and full orchestras, and Wind Ensemble. We are looking forward to it and hope to see you there!

Music Appreciation: We are beginning chapter 7 and working on American composers. Also, remember to complete your concert review and turn in to me.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Chorus and Music Appreciation Blog 9/13

Chorus: Due to early release on October 12, chorus concert has been moved to Thursday October 19 in the Wheeler Performing Arts Center at 7:00pm (free!). We are making good progress in our rehearsals and I look forward to our first concert in a little over month. 

Music Appreciation: Moving on to Unit 2 and Chapters 4 and 5 in our textbook and researching early American music. Continue to complete chapter reviews and worksheet packets.  

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Chorus and Music Appreciation Update

All students should have signed into their Charms account and inputted their name, email address, parent name, and parent email address.  This is the main form of communication for the class. Also, students should have put in their T shirt size for the chorus T shirts. Please remember to continue paying your choral dues if you have not turned in the $100 payment ($50 per semester if only in for 1 semester). Thank you!

Music Appreciation
We have completed our first unit (Chapters 1-3) and we are beginning unit two (Chapters 4 and 5) soon. Students need to turn in any missing assignments as shown in synergy.  Also, students will continue to search for instrumental music for our critical music listening logs.  

Friday, August 4, 2017

Wheeler Chorus and Music Appreciation Blog 2017-2018

Welcome back!  I hope that everyone had a great summer that was energizing and restful.  We are ready here at Wheeler Chorus for a great new year.  First, a couple of changes for this first semester.  There are two choirs instead of three.  This is due to addition of the Musical Theatre class that has been added that I will team teach with Mrs. Coleman, the drama teacher.  The two choirs are Bel Voce, the advanced mixed ensemble and Chorale, the intermediate womens chorus.
Please note our parent meeting for Tuesday August, 8 at 6:30pm in the chorus room.  We will meet to go over the choral program as well as concert dates.   I look forward to meeting the parents then.
 Music Appreciation meets 4th block 1st semester.  Students should be finding an instrumental piece of music to play for the class and ready to share.
-Mr. Perry
Chorus Teacher

Monday, February 27, 2017

Wheeler Chorus Spring Semester 2017

I hope that everyone enjoyed the winter break last week.  We are diving back in quickly with several chorus events coming up.  First off, I hope to see everyone at our concert tomorrow night, Tuesday 2/28 at 7:00pm in the Wheeler Performing Arts Center.  The students have worked hard in preparing this concert and we look forward to perform this difficult and exciting music.  Both the Chorale women's choir and the Bel Voce mixed choir will perform.
On Friday March 3, Bel Voce will travel to Lassiter High School to participate in the Cobb Large Group Performance Evaluation.  We will perform two songs, sightread, and have a session with a guest conductor.  We perform at 11:40am in the Performance Hall and would appreciate your support.  Students in Bel Voce will miss second and third block.  The concert is free and open to the public. 
Our final concert of the year will be Thursday May 11 at 7:00pm in the Wheeler Performing Arts Center.  It will be our Pops/Musical Theatre culminating concert and is free.  Thank you for your continued support of Wheeler Chorus and I look forward to seeing you at our concerts.

-John Perry
Director of Choirs
Wheeler High School